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Extended Breastfeeding at Age 5

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by Genia
(SC, USA)

Visitor Question: My son, who is almost 5 now, still nurses at night.

It is a very brief time, but he still does. I am very private with this, of course, and my husband is starting to feel anxious about completely weaning him.

However, I don’t want to make him feel rejected or insecure in any way-I want him to lead the way. Where can I find support?

Breastfeeding Magazine.com Response: It is not as uncommon as you may think to breastfeed to age 5.

Research has shown that a child’s immune system doesn’t become mature until about age six. By continuing to provide breastmilk, you can help to develop the immune system of your son.

Scientists believe that the most “natural” age of self-weaning for humans is probably somewhere between 2 1/2 to 7 years of age.

Here are some page on our site to help you:

You may also want to visit the La Leche League forums to connect with other moms like you.


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